Cloud Chamber

Dr. James Burkhart at UCCS Physics Department taught Christina and Eric to build a cloud chamber. The items needed include: a radioactive source, chamber to view, dry ice, rubbing and 100 proof alcohols, flash light, and a little bit of magic. We used a Coleman mantle lantern as a radioactive source. The cloud chamber shows alpha and beta rays similar to how radon gas gets into your lungs. If you smoke, these alpha particles hook on to smoke and the harmful effects of radon are even greater.

Cloud Chamber Apparatus

 

Below is a video of  the Cloud Chamber.

EPA and Habitat for Humanity

September 14, 2011 – Eric was invited for the groundbreaking ceremony of EPA partnering with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity is a homeownership program for low-income families and will be the first homebuilder in the country to adopt EPA guidelines to a build a home on 718 Iowa in Golden, CO. Ms. Wendy Young is realizing her dream of owning her own home and finding lifelong stability. Construction on this home begins in January.

HUD Meeting

February 9, 2011 – Christina and Eric spoke at the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and demonstrated their cloud chamber. They showed how alpha particles seen in the cloud chamber are similar to how radon enters your lungs and causes cancer.